The Dubai Design week 2017 were kicked off yesterday with the opportunity for bloggers to visit the trade fair before the crowds come in. Why? Well, we just love to get a good shot of some beautiful design without someone behind it that we otherwise would need to shop away. Anything for a perfect pic right?

This early bird special does get us in the mood for this week because this is the most inspirational time for design lovers like us in Dubai. Design, in any shape or form, is an essential part of our life. It is something genuine and interesting, and we love learning about it and being surprised by it’s functionality or creativity.

The Dubai Design District (D3), were part of the DDW takes place, has grown so much over the last year and we immediately noticed some great new spots. As we were in desperate need of coffee we kicked off with some research at The Espresso Lab prior to our tour du jour.

Down Town Design, the trade fair, is at a beautiful light and spacious location this year and doubled the size with 150 local and international brands exposing.

We started off with a huge carpet crush for some Italian beauties at cc-tapis. The colors, the materials, it is all perfection to us. We had a little proud moment when seeing the Bliss collection designed by the talented Dutch Mae Engelgeer.

It’s the Italians and their design which make a big mark here in Dubai. We found some more love at first sight at the Italian brand Moroso where we met our new dream sofa: an orange velvet stunner!

At Swedish brand Nordic Homeworx we saw the new gorgeous matte wooden flooring by Kahrs. This company has introduced such beautiful materials for flooring that we luckily see more and more of here in Dubai

And another must see is Sarah Lavoine by The Den. We have a big crush for her shop in Paris where I spent several hours last summer, and now for the first time her items are in the Middle East.

Outside of the fair there are also some great design initiatives. All the way at the top of my list is Iconic City. A stunning collection of sound, photography and filmmaking. Such an experience.

Something to admire is the Prologue Fredrikson Stallard presented by Swarovski. The stunning thing is that this piece of art changes during the day with the light. It creates a constant changing ambiance on the square.

The IKEA ‘Let’s play for change’ initiative is worth a visit which is an exhibition to encourage kids, teenagers and grown-ups to engage in play. We love how the outdoors have been taken indoors to show creative ways of living sustainably.

Debuting this year is the Super Design Market. This pop-up concept store features a beautiful range of local and international brand of homeware and gifts.

The Tinkah product launch is another must see for us. We were lucky to be at their dinner in collaboration with Inked last weekend where they also launched their table ware of the grey area collection.

Does this get you in the mood to go yet?
You will see us there the coming days as there is still lots more to see, do and experience (also for kids so don’t feel bad dragging them along…).

This is a week of inhaling international inspiration, be sure not to miss it!

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otun Launch 2018 colors dubaiIn the category ‘better late then never’, we would love to share a project with you that has kept us very busy the last few months.

For interior stylists it is always exciting when new color cards are being launched. Especially when it is the color card of our partner Jotun. And this years trend color launch was extra special since we were in charge of styling the event including the roll out in the region. Inspired by the new color pallets and a direction that we were given from the head office in Norway, we created a set up for the launch event including a sit down dinner at stunning Inked Dubai.

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Beni ourain rugA few months ago we gave you a little sneek peak into our collaboration with Maison Saadah, developing a collection of ‘Live Loud Girl’ rugs. A dream come true for us as we have been huge fans of these Moroccan Beni Ourain hand made rugs.
Maison Saadah is an online store that came to life in 2015 when they started bringing the   famous Beni Ourain Rugs to the UAE. These wool rugs are hand made in the
mountains of Morocco and traditionally feature a black pattern woven into a cream foreground.
Classic Beni Ourain rugs are well known and appreciated for their specific
patterns, dense weave and immense softness due to the use of  high quality un-dyed wool.
The collaboration between Maison Saadah and Live Loud Girl is all about bringing a breath of fresh air to the home decor scene with its more modern design and use of bold colours while preserving the traditional weaving techniques and the unique look and feel of these iconic rugs.

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We always get excited about installations. That is the most rewarding part of our jobs. To see happy dwellers enter their new room for the first time is quite a bit thing for us . Especially when they are old enough to have an opinion…

In our latest installation we were asked to take care of the styling of a girls and a boys room. Two different genders, ages and styles yet all under one roof. A fun adventure in working with some amazing new products and a few golden oldies.

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